The opening weekend box office outlook for Justice League just keeps looking dimmer and dimmer.
Justice League is now expected to earn about $93.5 million for the weekend. While that will be enough for the film to win the weekend, it is well shy of the $100-120 million it was initially projected to make.
For perspective, Justice League, which cost $300 million to make, is projected to open 44% lower than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which earned $166 million. Man of Steel opened to $116.6 million, Suicide Squad earned $133.7 million in its opening weekend, and Wonder Woman has a record-breaking $103.2 million opening weekend.
These numbers can't be making Warner Bros. happy. Justice League was meant to be a high point of the DC Extended Universe so far. By comparison, Marvel's first superhero team-up, Marvel's The Avengers, earned $207 million in its opening weekend.
One has to wonder how negative critical reactions contributed to Justice League's falling prospects and if Rotten Tomatoes delaying the reveal of the film's score was meant to help minimize that effect.
"Justice League is an epic ensemble of heroes," Davis wrote in his review. It's the most fun you'll have with Batman and his super friends, until their next adventure together, and marks the beginning of a brand new era of superheroes on the DC side of the spectrum."
Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is still trucking along at a steady pace. The film, which opened to $122 million, is set to land in third place in its third weekend, earning another $21 million to bring its domestic box office total to $246.6 million. Thor: Ragnarok has proven to be significantly more successful at the box office than either of the previous Thor movies, 2011's Thor or 2013's Thor: The Dark World.
Justice League is now playing in theaters. The film will be followed in the DC Extended Universe by Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Shazam on April 5, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.